With the dazzling 'Hugo' hitting screens, we celebrate the technical wonders of Scorsese's cinema
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4. The costume design of "GoodFellas" (Richard Bruno, 1990)
It’s a classic example of the Academy’s consistent failure of imagination in this particular category that Bruno’s witty, finely detailed and period-nailing threads in the 1990 Best Picture nominee went unnominated. BAFTA gave it their costume design award, and they were right to: it’s easy to dismiss modern-period work like this as somehow easy, but look again at those exaggerated, blade-like shirt collars worn by the men, or the upward, increasingly polished trashiness of Lorraine Bracco’s Mafia-wife wardrobe, all shifting subtly across the decades, and observe a master class in how costume describes character as well as period.